Attacker yelling to 'kill all Jews' injures student at Chabad headquarters

Brooklyn Currents | 12/09/2014 | 0 comments

A man screaming "I want to kill all Jews" stabbed an Israeli student in the head inside Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters in Crown Heights around 2 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, police say.

The attacker was shot by police and later died.

Knife-Wielding Man Shot Dead in Brooklyn Synagogue Attack
Levi Rosenblat
Video shows the confrontation between the knife-wielding man, identified as Calvin Peters, 49, of Valley Stream and a police officer, after the assailant had stabbed 22-year-old Levi Rosenblat, a student from Israel.

Rosenblatt was recovering at a nearby hospital

Officers yelled at Peters to drop the knife, police and witnesses said.

Police say he put the knife down then picked it up and lunged at one of the officers. One officer then opened fire hitting Peters in the torso.

He was taken to Kings County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Chabad-Lubavitch issued a statement saying in part, "While we are very pained by everything that has unfolded, we are very grateful to the police for their quick response and are working closely with the authorities in their ongoing investigation."

Several officials issued statements.

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James:
"I am deeply disturbed by the by the senseless attack at the Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters. My thoughts and prayers are with the victim, Mr. Levi Rosenblatt, and the community," said New York City Public Advocate Letitia James. "Thankfully, the NYPD's quick work prevented the assailants from harming anyone else. My office will continue to remain in close contact with the the community and law enforcement and offer any support necessary."

New York State Senator Senator Simcha Felder:
"Our prayers go out to Levi Yitzchok ben Reizel, the Jewish student injured in yesterday's attack in the Chabad-Lubavitch synagogue at 770 Eastern Parkway, and we continue to pray for his speedy recovery. I have nothing but high praise for the officers of the New York Police Department, for responding swiftly and apprehending the suspect in this horrific crime While this was an isolated incident by a perpetrator with a troubled history, I have been in communication with the 66 Pct. and have been assured that they are taking additional measures to insure safety and security throughout the district."

NYC Councilman Mark Levine, chairman of the Council's Jewish Caucus::
My thoughts and prayers are with Levi Rosenblat, wishing him a full recovery from last night's horrific attack. I am grateful officers intervened quickly and professionally to prevent what could have been a far more deadly incident, and I thank the NYPD for the appropriate increased security they have been providing for our community's synagogues and institutions.

Councilman David Greenfield
"Following on the heels of the brutal stabbing terror attack in a Jerusalem synagogue the other week, I was unnerved to learn about the brutal stabbing of a Jewish student last nigh. The young man was stabbed in the head in a vicious and shocking attack. I wish him a speedy recovery." The video clearly shows that everyone, including friends of the victims, tried to deescalate the situation of an armed man inside shul who had just stabbed a Jewish student. The attacker was yelling "do you want me to kill you?" at shul-goers and NYPD officers at the scene. The responding officers bravely shot the perpetrator and protected the lives of others in the synagogue. I thank the NYPD for their professionalism and for protecting innocent lives at 770 Eastern Parkway this morning – one of the world's most important synagogues.
I also appreciate the NYPD increasing patrols at Jewish sites this morning and encourage everyone in New York City to be vigilant. If you see something, say something and call 911 immediately."

Councilman Mark Treyger
"We once again are reminded that the brave members of the NYPD will not hesitate to protect the public despite the clear risks the officers faced early this morning. My sincere thanks to all of the officers who responded to this morning's horrific scene and prevented this individual from injuring or killing other innocent bystanders. My prayers are with the victim and his family as he recovers from this senseless and unprovoked attack. We must not lose sight of the fact that our officers place themselves in harm's way each and every day and that we owe the NYPD a debt of gratitude for their selfless and heroic actions on our behalf. This is also a reminder that religious institutions, including synagogues, sadly remain vulnerable to those who wish to harm others solely based on their religion. We must remain vigilant as a community and continue to work with the NYPD on ways to ensure the safety of all worshipers."

Assemblyman Dov Hikind:
"There are not words strong enough to condemn this despicable act," said Assemblyman Hikind. "A guy walked into 770 wielding a knife where hundreds of people were studying and praying and stabbed a student in the neck. It is only by the grace of G-d that this young man lived. I'm told that the attacker came earlier that evening, too—he was stalking the scene. Thank G-d he didn't inflict more harm nor do more damage to more people. The entire Jewish community is impacted by these cruel and senseless attacks. How can we help but be reminded of the recent, horrible tragedy in Har Nof, which left five innocent people dead? While we don't have a precise motive yet in last night's contemptible attack, one thing is clear—we need greater security for our Jewish institutions."

Hikind urged the public to pray for the complete recovery of Levi Yitzchok ben Raizel, the young rabbinic student, from Beitar Illit in western Gush Etzion, now in stable condition but still in need of prayers at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams planned to join other officials Tuesday afternoon to "address the community's concerns on the attack and the safety of local residents."

                                                                      --       From NY1 and Yeshiva World News


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